Summer 2018 - CRIM 311 D100

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System (3)

Class Number: 6757

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10901, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Charmaine Perkins
  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



An analysis of political, economic, and ethnic minorities and their relationship with the criminal justice system. Critical analysis of possible discordance, disharmony or conflict between ethnic and racial minorities such as Native Indians, Inuit, Metis, Doukhobor and others and the legal and social norms of the 'host' majority. Women and the criminal justice system.


This course examines the relationships among ethnic, racial and sexual minorities in the criminal justice system in Canada.   Students will be introduced to a range of practical and theoretical issues in thinking critically about state responses to minorities in Canada and minority views of the Canadian criminal justice system.  The readings in this course include both Canadian and cross-cultural examples of writings by and about women, racial and ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians.


  • Critical Book Review 30%
  • Group Presentation 15%
  • Critical Reflections (varied dates; worth 10% each) 30%
  • Participation 10%



1. Chan, W., & Chunn, D. E. (2014). Racialization, crime, and criminal justice in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  (NOTE: web version of text available through SFU library website)

2. On-line and reserve readings as required.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.